Axe menu is a gnome shell(3.2 and 3.4) extension. It launches app menu as classic style with Places, user folders, user menu, favorite apps, and all applications.

Control Axe Menu:

  • Right click on the menu to open settings manager.
  • Left click to open the menu >> start typing right away to search for what you’re looking for >> press Enter to open the first search result.
  • Press “Tab” on your keyboard to switch between Favorites and All applications.
  • The bold and underlined texts are your favorites.
  • To add an app to favorites, hover that app, right click. A box will appear, click Yes to confirm.
  • To remove an app from favorite, hover that app (the bold and underlined ones), right click. A box will appear, click Yes to confirm.
  • The menu is bound to “SuperR” button. See README for details.

Install Axe Menu Extension in Gnome Shell:

You can install Axe Menu under gnome shell using Firefox to visit:

Or, open up terminal and execute following commands:

wget -c -O axemenu-gnome-shell.tar.gz
tar xvfz axemenu-gnome-shell.tar.gz -C $HOME/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

Then, enable axe menu from Advance Settings (sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool)

In addition, axe menu replace the Activity button. The Activity button can be found in right top.